I don’t know if I should be confused, afraid, or angry at the latest rumor swirling around the spin off film X-Men: First Class. As you may or may not know 20th Century Fox will be producing another X-Men feature with the help of writer Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl). The film will focus on a handful of students at Xavier’s School for the Gifted that may include Iceman, Angel, Colossus, Jubilee, Shadowcat, or Rogue. Rogue’s portrayer Anna Paquin recently spoke about possibly reprising her role as the mutant.
Over at IGN, Paquin was asked if she would be open to bringing Rogue back to the big screen for First Class, and surprisingly she said yes. The actress feels that the character should be infused with more of the ass kicking gene that we’re so used to seeing in the comic.
“I kind of find it ironic that I did three big action films and did, actually, no action whatsoever. I mean I got some really amazing emotional story moments, but I didn’t really get to do the physical stuff.” ”You know, as much as I loved doing those films I was kind of like, ‘OK, so when do I get to beat someone up? When do I get to steal some powers?’
I’m conflicted about this on so many levels. First of all, this “First Class” that they’re describing is not in the comic book. The timeline from the X-Men movies is already out of whack, but these character suggestions are all wrong. The comic book lists the first class as Cyclops, Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), Angel, Beast, and yes Iceman. In the first X-Men trilogy they introduced Iceman and Angel as teenagers so how are they going to fix that? What about Rogue’s age? I don’t know if Paquin can keep playing her as an adolescent.
As for Paquin’s complaints surrounding Rogue’s lack of action, I agree 100 percent. The character was greatly underused, especially in the third film. Rogue is a very strong person physically and mentally and they broke her down in the worst possible way. I wouldn’t mind the Rogue I know and love making an appearance on the big screen, but I don’t think this is the film for her to do it.
Do you think Rogue should be featured in X-Men: First Class?